I'll delete this post when I open the thread for decisions at about 8:30 PM on Monday night, but I wanted to remind people to delete the spaces in the brackets when posting your stats on Monday, or else your friendly local (slightly OCD) moderator is likely to go insane fixing everybody's incorrect formatting.
We're all smart people here, and I know you can remember to delete the spaces in the brackets.
Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): 5's on the five i've taken, minus a 4 on Comp Sci A
Essays: mini essays were kind of weak and underdeveloped, but main essay was pretty strong, about how i learned about independence from my dad's illness
Teacher Recs: apparently my humanities one was amazing, although the teacher barely knows me. the sciences one was from my CS teacher, who knows me pretty well
Counselor Rec: she likes me, but doesn't know much about me so idk
Supplementary Material: none, but I should have sent a rec from my internship mentor...
Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): anti hook, asian male
Location: Maryland (DC suburbs)
High School Type: Public, not so competitive, but alright
Extracurriculars: National Institute of Science and Technology Internship (research on Human Computer Interaction), Chess Team (team won national title for high schools in my division), national honors society, mu alpha theta, science national honors society
Awards: maryland distinguished scholar finalist, national merit commended, ap scholar w/ distinction, harvard book
Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?: I should have spent more time on my essays...
GPA: 4.0 UW/4.33 (took the hardest courseload possible. not allowed to take online cLasses so thus I cant take anything higher than Calc AB or AP chem.. lame)
Rank: 2 (should be one, but I took too many classes which brought down my GPA, even though I got straight As. Go figure)
Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): 5s on USH and Lang
Essays: thought they were pretty good; talked about how I studied Calc, chem, physics and string theory on my own
Teacher Recs: amazing
Counselor Rec: best student ever
Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): 0.5 Mexican
High School Type: Private, Catholic, All-Boys, near sheer hell
Ethnicity: Mexicasian (Mexican and white)
Extracurriculars: tons of Key Club and service, president/officer of like 7 clubs; basically made the best of what I was given
Awards: Outstanding Key Club pres in FL (best of the best in the state, but couldn’t win top award and scholarship bc I was a junior, although I probably would’ve ); NMSF, few community service awards; I was also chairman of project which one 1st place internationally in single service project in sophomore year
Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?:
omg congratulations to those who got in. To those who got deferred, don't lose hope. To the others, there are other schools where you can still be yourself and make the best of your amazing potential. Best of luck to all. omg...
Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): AP Calculus AB (5), AP Physics MechC (4), AP World History (4)
"Something for fun" - Rubik's cube, discussed frustration
"Which program" - Aerospace, discussed watching the shuttle launch, MS Flight Simulator
"End of the world" - Hard drive died, lost thousands of photos, value of memories
"Something you created" - Created a computer course in Philippines for a fishing village
"Anything else" - Humorous essay in 3rd person about my quirks, qualities, and dreams
Math teacher wrote one a few years ago, MIT responded by saying it was one of the best they had ever seen. She's been working on mine just as carefully.
World history teacher wrote one that should be excellent, but not spectacular.
I know my counselor fairly well, and they are taking this recommendation very seriously because they haven't had someone apply to MIT in years.
A DVD of a video I made for calculus called "Calc Slide," a spoof of "Cha Cha Slide." The DVD also had a video of one of my comedy routines for Speech & Debate.
First supplemental recommendation from middle school teacher that I've known for six years. It is a fantastic letter about my passion for engineering and my character.
Another supplemental recommendation from my professor at Bates College, discussing the course I'm taking (same as 6.001 at MIT). He compares by abilities to a junior mathematics major in the class, and says that no one else enjoys the class as much as I do.
Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize):
200 hours as volunteer computer instructor in Philippines
International Grand Prize for the Macworld 2008 Video Contest by IDG World Expo.
Location: Auburn, ME
High School Type: Small Public
Speech & Debate (9-12) - several state and national awards
FIRST Lego League (9-12) - volunteer coach
Tug of War Engineering Challenge (9-10) - captain, won research award
Math Team (11-12) - created the team
Spanish Club (11-12) - president
Macworld 2008 Video Contest (Grand Prize)
NFL National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
Maine State Champion in Original Works
Maine Student Web Design Awards (2nd Place)
Most Outstanding Speaker in Student Congress
Harvard Book Award (School)
RIT Computing Medal (School)
Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?: It's gonna be a long wait...
College Class Year: 2013
High School: Public
High School Type: sends many grads to top schools
Will apply for financial aid: Yes
GPA - Unweighted: 3.96
GPA - Weighted: 4.70
Class Rank: top 5 students
Class Size: 315
SAT II Math Level 2 (IIC): 800
SAT II Chemistry: 780
Teacher Rec: Both Great
Counselor Rec: I don't know, I only talked to her once or twice, lol
Hook: Some legacy
Significant Extracurriculars: Robotics, Skiing, Work
Leadership positions: Vice President of Robotics, Captain of Water Polo, Project Lead at CMU NHSGA
Athletic Status - list sport and your level: Varsity Water Polo, Varsity Swimming, 2nd Degree Brown Belt Shotokan Karate
Volunteer/Service Work: KEY Club, Tutoring (volunteer)
Honors and Awards: Nation Merit Semi-Finalist, AP Scholar with Honor
College Summer programs: Carnegie Mellon National High School Game Academy
Comments: Sorry I didn't use the "official" formatting, my mouse is broken and I cannot highlight the text to copy it, lol
* SAT II: 800 Math II; 780 Chem; 720 Math I
* ACT: 34 (36 math, 35 science, 34 english, 31 reading)
* AP/IB taken/scores: Calc BC 5, Chem 5, Lit 3, USH 4, Euro 4
* GPA weighted: 99.329
* Rank or % estimate: 1
* Essays: Main – Not that great (overcoming injury); Extra info – also not too great
* Teacher Recs: Both excellent I’m sure.
* Counselor Rec: I'm sure great
* Supplemental Rec(s)?: None
* Hook (if any): 4 week internship at hedge fund
* Interview?: Yes - horrible
* State or Country: NY
* School Type: Public
* Ethnicity: White
* Gender: Male
* Financial Aid?(Y/N): No
* Legacy Yes/No: No
* Recruited Yes/No: No
* Important ECs: volunteering which ending up being focus of essay, founder of investment club... nothing great
Other Factors (weaknesses, strengths, etc.):
Strengths: rank, gpa, act
Weaknesses: Leadership, White from northeast
General Comments/Congratulations/etc: going to Wharton anyway :P
Awards: 8th at FBLA Nationals for Digital Video Production
Financial Aide?: No
Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?: I'm happy about being deferred. I expected the worst, and now I get to head into RD with an interview under my belt as well. MIT is a tough school, and I'm proud to have gotten as far as I did. Although I would be happier posting this if I were accepted... lol
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